Cryptic coloration in a caterpillar

Cryptic coloration in a caterpillar

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Credit: MELVYN YEO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cryptic coloration in a caterpillar. Close-up of a caterpillar with colour and appearance which mimics lichen or moss and camouflages it against its background. This is know as crypsis, or cryptic coloration, and can be an effective means of evading predators.

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Keywords: animal, animals, butterflies, butterfly, camouflage, camouflaged, caterpillar, caterpillars, color, coloration, colour, colouration, crypsis, cryptic, fauna, insect, insects, instar, larva, larval, lepidoptera, lepidopteran, lepidopterans, lichen, life cycle, life stages, metamorphosis, moss, moth, moths, shape, wildlife

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